Like many of you, I remember the rise of MMOs when it was actually happening. I remember when shooters were king too. And I remember when I first heard about this weirdo kiddie game called League of Legends in a magazine made out of paper. Along with you, I watched the rise of the MOBA, felt the pressure to cover the new genre that seemed just a spin-off of MMO arenas. It seemed unimaginable that anyone could ever dethrone the new hotness that was taking esports born in South Korean netcafes and turning them into a western moneymaker. And yet here we are, in 2018, a year after H1Z1, PUBG, and Fortnite shoved the battle royale game template into the spotlight, with League of Legends losing both prominence and apparently revenue. None of these templates stays on top forever. Trends change. Studios turn over. The cycle repeats. What will be the next online game template to take off? And how far off do you think it’ll be? Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: What online game template will be the next to take off?
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We have started the prime Halloween season, as it is now October. Needless to say, this means Halloween events aplenty, as is good and proper. And that means I’m always thinking about seasonal events, because few things get me as excited as the prospect of Halloween rewards. Especially in Final Fantasy XIV, which tends to go a bit overboard for its seasonal events, by which I mean a lot overboard by making every new year a completely new event. For most games, this is neither necessary nor wanted; no one has complained about the fact that fighting the Headless Horseman in World of Warcraft has persisted otherwise largely unchanged for years now. Frankly, it’s still fun, thematic, and cool. Most games stick with the same basic template, occasionally adding something new, year after year. But sometimes this basic template is, well, not a very good template. If you didn’t like Guild Wars 2’s initial Halloween offering (or Christmas offering, or Valentine’s … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: What MMO seasonal event is most in need of an update?
There’s this particular template for covering MMORPGs on mainstream gaming websites that I cannot stand: the old “haha, MMOs are weird and old, let’s poke at them for our ironic amusement” article. Polygon ran a piece earlier this month that could’ve run the risk of falling into that trope but actually managed to raise good points instead of just taking a snobby dump on the whole genre – probably because the author actually likes MMOs in the first place. Taylor Cooke ponders why he didn’t feel the urge to return to World of Warcraft for Battle for Azeroth, in spite of still enjoying and even craving some content – like raiding – that just can’t compare in more instant-gratification titles like Warframe and Diablo III. In fact, he wonders whether it’s the genre that’s changed too much – or him. Is it that he’s getting old, aging out of MMOs? Or are MMOs simply failing to keep up with the rest of the … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: Do you think you’ve aged out of MMOs?
Bless Online consolidated servers are now online. A total of 15 servers have now been merged into two servers per region: Hilan and Kairos for North America, and Bacillas and Iriaphos for Europe. Neowiz is compensating players for the trouble and the lengthy maintenance period. “As compensation for the server consolidation maintenance, Premium Membership buffs that were active during the maintenance time will be extended by 24 hours. However, please be aware that players must connect to the game within the 7 day period from July 25 (after maintenance is complete) to August 1st (08:30 PDT) to receive the buff extension. 1,000 Lumena has been added to players’ account inboxes as an expression of our thanks to users who have waited for server consolidation.” Neowiz has also published rules regarding reactivation of deactivated characters and restoration of guilds for the affected servers. You can check out the full post on the Bless Online Steam Community Page. In other … [Read more...] about Bless Online Merges Servers, Offers Compensation, And Launches Summer Camp Event
Bless Online’s planned western server merges are live as of today as 15 servers merge down to four, two per region. Neowiz has compensation planned, of course, and the rules for how guilds, character deactivation, and character names are lengthy. “As compensation for the server consolidation maintenance, Premium Membership buffs that were active during the maintenance time will be extended by 24 hours. However, please be aware that players must connect to the game within the 7 day period from July 25 (after maintenance is complete) to August 1st (08:30 PDT) to receive the buff extension. 1,000 Lumena has been added to players’ account inboxes as an expression of our thanks to users who have waited for server consolidation.” Have you missed out on the whole summer camp experience this season? The good news is that you can get a virtual taste of it thanks to Bless Online’s new summer camp login event. Starting today and running through August 31st, … [Read more...] about Bless Online: Server merges, compensation, and ‘summer camp’ with daily rewards